Dice! (Freebie!)

I've been thinking a lot about dice lately. When I thought I was going to teach 1st grade, I made a lot of roll & cover addition & subtraction games - one for virtually every theme I teach. Here are a few of my latest:
 "Where the Wild Things Are" to go with my new classroom theme.
Cool Cat to go along with my Eric Litwin author study.
Ocean Friends to go along with my Commotion in the Ocean theme.

Now though, I obviously won't be teaching addition and subtraction until the end of Kindergarten...so what to do with my roll & cover games? It would be a shame if I couldn't use these in Kindergarten since I've put so much effort into them!

After giving it some though, I decided that, depending on the dice I give my kiddos to use, they can be  great counting/number recognition games too! My husband used to play a lot of tabletop games that require various dice, so I know of a little store here in town that sells all types of different shaped dice. Mainly this store sells comic books, but also Dungeons & Dragons type role playing games. Check your phone book to see if your city has a gaming place like this and you'll find all sorts of great dice! I looked up a few on Amazon, just so you can see what I'm talking about :)

For my addition games, the numbers go up to 12. I can either give my kiddos two dice with the pips instead of numbers so they can practice counting the pips and then identify the corresponding number:

Or I can give them a 12 sided dice like the ones that come in a set and have them just practice number matching:

They even have those polyhedrals in foam for quiet play :)

The polyhedral dice have 4, 8,10,12, and 20 sided dice in each set.  I can think of a lot of fun games you could play with dice (counting cubes to be politically correct lol) even aside form Roll & Cover! In order to store them all easily, I got one of those plastic compartmentalized boxes at Hobby Lobby.
 Now I just have to get my kids to sort my dice for me :)

Since the 4th of July is coming up, I made an abbreviated Roll & Cover game for the occasion. I figured it would be useful for anyone teaching summer school or year-round school (shudder!). My kids also enjoy playing these - even though it's a bit easy for my two oldest lol, still it's a good way to get them to sit down and play quietly with their younger siblings! I plan to just throw the game boards in by bag along with a set of dice and then we have an easy take-along game for barbecues/picnics etc to help keep the kids occupied while waiting on food or fireworks! It's up for free in my TPT store if you'd like to grab it :)

10 Rustle Up A Response!:

Lisa R. said... Reply to comment

My kids love roll and cover math games! Thanks for sharing the freebie! :)

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Cupcake said... Reply to comment

Your games are so cute!!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Kelley Cirrito said... Reply to comment

These look like fun!!

Jessica Ann Stanford said... Reply to comment

Your game boards and graphics are adorable!

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
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Miss Nelson said... Reply to comment

I love dice and super cute games! I was in Utah not long ago and found a toy store that had 100's of different dice. They were only $.25 each.

Meredith said... Reply to comment

Your kinders can totally handle it! I started my students playing roll and cover games in August and they loved them-you're right that you do have to let them start out using a 12-sided dice or 2 dice with dots they can count up. After a few months though, I bet most of your kids will be ready to try adding 2 number from dice (esp. if they can use manipulatives). It was wonderful when I finally got around to formally teaching addition in April and my students already knew how from playing our center games!
P.S. SO glad you are coming back to kinder!

Miss Parsons said... Reply to comment

Thanks! I always love your graphics!!! How is the organizing going?

School Sparks Renee said... Reply to comment

Love your roll and cover games. Love foam dice, too!! :) Renee

Kara said... Reply to comment

I love dice games! Thanks for the freebie!


Jacque said... Reply to comment

I just had to feature this on my "Featured Freebie Friday"! It is so adorable, and fun for the kiddos!

Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

Jacque @ Mommy and Me Creations